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New Fall City Video

April 17, 2011

Here is a new video on Fall City that I found.  Please take a look at it and let me know what you think.

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Every Vote Counts

March 13, 2011

The Snoqualmie Valley School bond failed by less than one vote. The school board is putting the same bond back on the ballot in April.

From King County’ Election site:

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 410
  Ballots Cast/Registered Voters: * 9980 / 21382 46.67%
Proposition No. 1 General Obligation Bonds – $56,200,000
  APPROVED 5972 59.99%
  REJECTED   3983 40.01%

Here is a link to the site if you want to see for yourself.

http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections/elections/201102/Respage2.aspx

 You can read more about the last bond vote at http://snovalleystar.com/index.php?s=recount

You can reach the Valley Voters for Education Site Here http://www.vvfe.org/

I support the school bond and encourage you to vote yes.  Your vote could make the difference.

Snoqualmie Valley School District Podcast?

March 13, 2011

I just found out that the Snoqualmie Valley School District has a pod cast. What a great idea for people who want to know about our school district but can not make the board meetings. You can learn more about the podcasts at http://www.svsd410.org/podcasts/

Happy listening.

Cross your Fingers

March 6, 2011

The Snoqualmie Valley School District bond is failing by 2/10 of a vote. The results of the hand count should be available Tuesday morning. There are three votes that need to be reviewed to determine the voter’s intent. I hope it passes.

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater and Family Park located in Fall City

August 12, 2010

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater and Family Park located in Fall City

Did you know that Fall City has its own outdoor theater?  They are presenting the Wizard of Oz this season and have shows on Saturday’s and Sundays.  This is a great opportunity to spend some time outside with live theater.  With prior reservations they have a barbeque dinner available cooked by celebrity chefs.

The Theater is located at the end of the David Powell road and the property has a nice view of Snoqualmie Falls.  Here is a link to google maps showing the location, but please read the specific instructions from the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater web site.  There are some peculiar rules relating to the easement that you should be aware of before you go.

Here a link to their website. http://www.foresttheater.org  Please take a minute to explore their site. Then make reservations and go see the play.  I can assure you that you will have a great time and experience a part of Fall City that you may not have known was here.

Summer on the River

August 10, 2010

The Snoqualmie River is a great source of entertainment year around. This photo is of the river just above the campground in Fall City. You can see some of the inner- tubers coming down the river if look carefully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the Sandy Beach above Fall City.

 

What a nice way to spend the day in Fall City.

Money for Salmon in Fall City

April 29, 2009

I found this interesting press release about Federal Money coming to protect Puget Sound and saw that there is a project in Fall City.  I did not know that there was any proposed projects like this in Fall City so it caught my eye. 

Here is a quote from the EPA press release dated 4.29.09.

“SNOQUALMIE TRIBE PROPOSAL
Brief Description of Project: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Interpretive Trail and Riparian Restoration at Fall City Park – This project will restore 5.2 acres adjacent to the Snoqualmie River. The project will enhance ecological function of an area known to be critical salmon habitat, while beautifying it and maintaining its recreational value. An interpretive trail for community use will be created to improve understanding of traditional ecological knowledge used in this area before contact, including sustainable harvest of native plants used for food, medicine, housing, clothing and other daily uses.”

You can see the Press release here.

It will be interesting to see what the proposal is all about.

Snoqualmie Valley Schools Bond Vote

March 3, 2009

The Snoqualmie Valley School Bond vote is going on right now.  Ballots need to be postmarked by March 10th, 2009 and there is a ballot box at the Fall City Library if you would prefer to not mail you ballot.  This election is an all mail election.   I encourage you mail in your ballot and to vote yes on this school bond.  Even if this bond passes, your taxes will go down because a larger bond expires. So do the right thing and vote yes for our kids.

Here is a link to an article in the Snoqualmie Valley Star about the school bond.

 If you have already voted you can track your vote here.

Fall City Parks District Approved by Voters?

February 10, 2009

 

Wow it looks like the Fall City Metropolitan Parks District is passing by a healthy margin.  At the time of writing it is passing by almost 58%  to 42% with over 40% of the registered voters weighing in on the decision.  I think this will be a positive move for Fall City.  I was the President of the Fall City Hop Shed Foundation that stabilized the Fall City Hop Shed, a King County Historical Landmark located in the Fall City Community Park.  Fall City Community park is a King County Park so I am Familiar with King County Parks and what it takes to work with them on a long term project.  We were successful and were able to work effectively with them but it sure took a long time.  This is the same park that Ron Simms wants to give to the Snoqualmie Tribe.

Fall City needs more parks, and more diversified parks.  My son wants a Skate Park.  I would love to see a playground that families can use when school is in session.  As it is now there is not a public play structure in Fall City except for the one at Fall City Elementary School.  How about the Bernard property that is currently being used as an RV and boar storage lot.  What a great park that would make.  At the confluence of the Raging and Snoqualmie Rivers, you could open up the rivers for public access and have a playground, picnic area, Fishing access,  with room for a skate park.  That is just one idea.  What would you like to see happen in Fall City, in regards to parks?

Real Estate Market Update From the Northwest Multiple Listing Association

October 7, 2008

 

The following is a press release from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service regarding the real estate market in September 2008.  I will be adding some more local information to the blog soon.

Pending Sales Up 4.1 Percent From Year Ago, Total Inventory Unchanged

KIRKLAND, Wash. (Oct. 6, 2008) – Home sales around Western Washington during September rose 4.1 percent from a year ago, reversing a 19-month pattern of declines. Members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported 5,982 pending sales (offers made and accepted, but not yet closed), a gain of 234 transactions from a year ago. The totals cover 19 counties in the MLS service area.

NWMLS data show the last system-wide uptick in pending sales was February 2007 when members reported a 4.8 percent gain from the previous year.

In other key indicators of housing activity, Northwest MLS reported tightening inventory with a double-digit drop in the number of new listings added during September compared to 12 months ago, and total inventory at month end that matched year-ago numbers. Figures also show area-wide softening of prices compared to a year ago,

The median price for last month’s closed sales of single family homes and condominiums (combined) was $295,000, a drop of 8.3 percent from a year-ago when the median price was $321,600. King County prices fell about 3.7 percent from a year ago, from $395,000 to $380,315. For the four-county Puget Sound region (King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap), the median price for last month’s closed sales dropped from $349,950 to $324,000, a decline of 7.4 percent.

Brokers and lenders say the recent economic turmoil is taking a toll on activity, but also suggest negative news reports are keeping buyers on the fence and creating misunderstandings about the availability of home loans.

“Forget the news. Mortgage loans are readily available, at excellent rates and you can still get 97 percent loan to value,” said Mike Welty of Liberty Financial Group in Bellevue. “There is a lot of flexibility in programs, qualification and opportunity,” he emphasized, while acknowledging (with a chuckle), “Underwriting is tougher – you need a down payment and you need a job!”

REALTOR Dennis Brown, a residential and investment specialist at Windermere’s Fauntleroy office, echoed Welty. “I’m loving FHA,” he exclaimed, calling the largest mortgage insurer in the world “the answer to a lot of people’s credit problems.” Brown has used the program for first-home and move-up buyers, as well as with investors. “Investors use the program to buy everything from fixer-uppers to 4-unit buildings,” he said. Among features Brown said his clients find to be most appealing about FHA loans are easy credit qualifications (typically one year of “clean credit”), low closing costs and low down payment requirements (as low as 3 percent of the purchase price).

In today’s market the vast majority of buyers are first time buyers, move-up buyers, and investors, according to J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate. “These three groups of buyers are moving forward with the opportunities that exist thanks to low interest rates, increased affordability, and a strong selection of homes to choose from.”

Buyers still have plenty of choices, according to NWMLS data. Members added 10,889 new listings of single family homes and condominiums to inventory during September – about 1,500 fewer than a year ago for a 12 percent drop. When added to existing inventory, the number of active listings at month end totaled 48,665, slightly fewer than the year-ago number of 48,969 listings.

“We are definitely starting to see more buyers that have been waiting months to get off the fence,” said NWMLS director Mike Skahen, owner/broker of Lake & Company Real Estate, Inc. in Seattle. As for the dip in prices, he attributes that in part to limited availability of jumbo loans for high-end homes, “Not surprisingly, with fewer high priced homes selling, the median price would be lower,” he noted. “I’m convinced that as the national financial crisis subsides and with Seattle’s good economy, buyers who have been waiting for the bottom will return and wish they had bought now.” Commenting on the relatively low sales numbers over the past year, he remarked, “There must be substantial pent-up demand.”

“The latest NWMLS numbers validate what our agents report from the field — sellers that are truly motivated to move are dropping their prices, and many buyers are recognizing the opportunity this creates,” said Ron Sparks, managing vice president at Coldwell Banker Bain in Bellevue. Increases in pending sales are a “good indication that our market is adjusting to current buyer attitude and demand.”

Sparks acknowledged price declines aren’t particularly good news for sellers, but said most sellers can be thankful the drops are really quite modest compared to other markets, where prices have recently dropped 30 percent or more. “It’s apparent that home prices, both locally and nationally, are becoming irresistible in some instances,” he remarked. As a result, he noted markets such as San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are seeing the same increased buyer activity as our local market.

Erik Hand, president of Response Mortgage Services (John L. Scott’s in-house lender) expects some improvement in financing options, but cautioned consumers about the potential cost of procrastinating.

“With the passage of the bailout bill, I expect we will gradually see an improvement to the conditions in the Non-Conforming market in the form of a narrowing of the spreads between Conforming and Non-Conforming loan products, and in some cases, an easing of guidelines that will open up financing options to a larger pool of buyers,” Hand stated.

“As for interest rates, they are expected to remain low, but like every other aspect of the economy they’re subject to the volatility of the market,” Hand commented, adding, “It’s important for homebuyers to understand that interest rates are currently at historic lows and there’s no guarantee they’ll fall further with the passage of the bailout bill.”  

“While things in the real estate world may not be perfect right now, things are, and will continue to get better and better. The medicine tastes terrible but the cure will be worth it,” NWMLS director Dick Beeson believes. Beeson, the broker/owner of Windermere/Commencement Associates in Tacoma saw a 21.8 percent surge of pending sales in Pierce County last month compared to a year ago and a notable shrinkage in inventory (down 11.2 percent from twelve months ago).

“We’re moving toward a market place with fewer properties for sale — and fewer and fewer choices for buyers. What a time to buy, low rates, low prices, low costs, and decreasing inventory — all ready for those smart buyers who act now,” he noted.

NWMLS director Kathy Estey, managing broker at the Bellevue Downtown office of John L. Scott said “September felt like we were gathering steam and back on track,” but as economic news worsened during the month buyer confidence tumbled. “The news made it sound as if buyers need 20 percent down to get a loan — and fear become our worst enemy again,” she remarked.

On a more optimistic note she added, “The Puget Sound remains a great place to own property and there are opportunities to buy low and ride the rising prices that are around the corner in a year or two.”

Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member brokers, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes approximately 31,000 brokers and agents. The organization, based in Kirkland, currently serves 19 counties, mostly in western Washington, plus Grant, Kittitas and Okanogan counties in the central part of the state.